REVIEW: The Wombombs “S/T” EP

The Wombombs EP by The WombombsThe Wombombs debut five track self-titled EP is not what I was expecting. George Thorogoodish blues rock meets doo-wop vibes thrown in with solid songwriting and phenomenal guitar & sax work. Having followed the band since their inception slightly over a year ago I was pleasantly surprised by the discs’ […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Death & the Reverend – S/T

FULL ALBUM: Death & the Reverend by Death & the Reverend Self-described as “Hymns and Evensongs for lost and lonely souls” Death & the Reverend have a blending of styles which makes them a challenge to classify. In a world saturated by similarity of music, Death & the Reverend provides fresh imagery of dry, dusty […]

Music Review: Moon Pigeon: Self-titled EP

Space travel or aviation phenomena aside, Miami’s Moon Pigeon eschews the nomenclature’s ready-made cryptic allusion for a well-versed and thoroughly studied ’90s sound. There’s a lot proving here that hindsight is 20/20. For the members of the quartet, all veterans of South Florida’s music scene, this is a project that could only have evolved if […]


Every other week I write micro blurb reviews of amazing new music. Below is the latest batch of music that you need to check out. The Crispies – Pearl Austria’s The Crispies Pearl EP is my first pick for release of 2015 and we’re just 15 days into the new year. Vocalist Tino Roman takes […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Six

Today is Thursday – meaning I’ve been moved from my usual Sunday timeslot by the TuffGnarl.com overlords. I feel like a sitcom that’s either incredibly crappy or ahead of its time. I know for a fact which of those I’ve become but no pink slip has been slipped beneath the doors of digital perception. We’ll […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Four

I’ve been feeling ambivalent lately towards this little vanity project of mine. While it is nice to reminisce and talk some shit about music without worrying about deadlines and “clicks,” it is also a time-consuming endeavor that does nothing to pay my bills. A therapist once told me that I didn’t “follow through” with my […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Three

Some years go by okay, some don’t. This one’s three-quarters of the way in and it’s already been too much to take. Young people shouldn’t die young regardless of the circumstances. This past week we lost artist Edward Crowell II to a motorcycle accident and Tuffgnarl.com friend Orlando Sanchez to a heart attack, according to […]


Every other week I write micro blurb reviews of amazing new music. Below is the latest batch of music that you need to check out. Somali Pirates – Skeg City The Somali Pirates consists of current and former members of No Motiv, In Control, Retaliate, Gentlemen, Hammerkill, Let Em Rot, and PC Deathsquad. They’re also the […]

5 New Records That You Need To Jump On Now

Sapin – Wrong Way Ever wonder what garage country surf from France sounds like? Well ponder no more dear friends, Sapin is here to blow your fucking mind with an overabundance of prodigious sounds. A really fun record. Top tracks: “Get out of my dreams” , “White Bikini”, “Sugar in My Coffee” Wrong Way by Sapin […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Twenty-Eight

So far so good and that’s exactly how you want the kettle humming. I have to admit that though I originally began this endeavor as a way to flex my music-loving savvies in good lording fashion over my nerdy friends, I have come to these lists lately more with the affection of a memory that […]

18 Recent Life Changing Albums

Over the course of the last 2 months I’ve been jotting down the names of bands and releases that have grabbed my attention and gone totally unnoticed by the general public. Below are eighteen* releases accompanied by micro reviews (in no particular order) that will change the lazy complaint of ” there isn’t any good music anymore” to “holy […]

The Shakeys – White Lightning EP

  The city of Perth in Australia has molded quite possibly one of the greatest garage bands currently active- The Shakeys. The band’s sound borrows from the guitars of The Saints, the rhythm section of the Donnas and the soul of the Ramones. Their new EP White Lightning hits on all the elements that make […]

The Jellyfish Brothers – Sentinels of the Space Age

The Alvarez brothers gel well, like jellyfish brothers should. Greg and Ed, guitar and drums respectively have had a clear vision of where they would like to be sonically and with the addition of Shroud Eater’s Janette Valentine on bass and vocals, the dimensions are only beginning to be explored. Following their delicious cassette release […]

Hello Elevator Releases Self-titled EP @ Respectable Street Party

4.0 OUT OF 5 STARS This is a really solid preview of an up and coming group from South Florida. Hello Elevator cuts cloth from many musical genres, borrowing from classical and alternative rock, atop a foundation of hip hop and soul. The keyboardist joked during the show how they smile and laugh and have […]